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Molly Jong-Fast's Normal Girl is striking-and as funny as it as real. Inspired by her own experiences growing up in the decadent, fast-paced netherworld of New York City's jet set, Jong-Fast's debut novel is a hilarious, hard-edged walk past the velvet rope.

Molly Jong-Fast's Normal Girl is striking-and as funny as it as real. At just nineteen, Miranda Woke seems to have it all. Her parents are famous socialites, she's already been written up on Page Six sixteen times, she's on all the right invitation lists, and drugs and alcohol are never in short supply

With her first novel, Normal Girl, Molly Jong-Fast may not owe a debt to society, but she certainly owes one .

With her first novel, Normal Girl, Molly Jong-Fast may not owe a debt to society, but she certainly owes one to Bret Easton Ellis. Her heroine is Miranda Woke, child of a socialite mother who's "thin, in that willowy, dehydrated way that all socialites are thin" and an absentee father-"a short, fat, balding Jewish man who's rich, rich, rich, and famous, famous, famous. Maybe that's because she, the druggy daughter of a famous parent, has said in interviews that she's been down just the same road as Miranda.

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There's the Upper East Side crowd, the Upper West Side crowd, the Eurotrash and the media wannabes. And then there's me, 19-year old Miranda Woke, the girl who might have murdered her boyfriend (did I mention that before?). And all I'm thinking is that I could really do with another bump of coke. She's a stick-thin ex-model. She's stick-thin 'cos she's a junky; she hardly has a vein left in her body and she's started to eye up her neck. She's also my best friend. Her parents are famous socialites, she's already been written up on Page Six sixteen times, she's on all the right invitation lists, and drugs and alcohol are never in short supply

Molly Jong-Fast (born August 19, 1978) is an American author and liberal pundit.

Molly Jong-Fast (born August 19, 1978) is an American author and liberal pundit. She is the daughter of Erica Jong and Jonathan Fast, and the granddaughter of Howard Fast. She is the author of two novels, Normal Girl and The Social Climber's Handbook, and a memoir, Girl Contents.

"Randa, what's wrong with you?""Nothing. I mean, I'm a crazy cocaine addict with a hankering for heroin, but other than that, I'm just a nice Jewish girl from the Upper East Side with Prada shoes. How could anything be wrong?" Molly Jong-Fast's Normal Girl is striking-and as funny as it as real. Inspired by her own experiences growing up in the decadent, fast-paced netherworld of New York City's jet set, Jong-Fast's debut novel is a hilarious, hard-edged walk past the velvet rope.At just nineteen, Miranda Woke seems to have it all. Her parents are famous socialites, she's already been written up on Page Six sixteen times, she's on all the right invitation lists, and drugs and alcohol are never in short supply. But while her image screams "It girl," she'd rather be a normal girl, and the A-list feels even more uncomfortable than her Manolo Blahnik shoes. In fact, she's become the "living embodiment of an awkward phase" with "more issues than Harper's Bazaar." Neither Xanax nor Deepak Chopra tapes help. And now that her junkie party has trashed her parents' house, she has to liquidate her trust fund to pay Mom's decorator for a quick fix. But worst of all, Miranda thinks she just murdered her own boyfriend.In an all-too-glamorous world where the cell phone is always ringing, Miranda sees no escape other than a downward spiral of cocaine, Valium, and heroin. It takes friends who offer more than air kisses to force Miranda to look in the mirror and get some help.

Comments: (7)

Hbr
There is so much to dislike about this. The book starts off making you think she has killed her ex and that you will find out more throughout the book. Spoiler....It ends up being a drug overdose that we don't even get details about because she wasn't even there! The book is boring and I don't recommend it at all.
Maman
If you think this book sounds juts a bit like a female Bret Easton Ellis writing today, you're wrong. Anyone who doesn't like Ellis should read this book and then read Ellis just to see how much better he is than you think.
This is an extremely poor novel. The subject matter is nothing new at all, but that doesn't even touch on how lame this effort is. The writing is amateurish, even for a first novel. I know it's been said before, especially in these reviews, but without famous parents Molly Jong-Fast's slim novel would never see the light of day.
If you think Ellis writes about characters we can't possibly like, check out Normal Girl. The protagonist is Miranda Woke, a burnt-out 19 year old Upper East Side Jewish girl who has spiraled into a coked-up, alcoholic waste of life. She displays little if any intelligence or even insight into drugs and her lifestyle. She illicits no sympathy. She goes to rehab, which has a chance for some interesting moments, but no. We get nothing. Storylines are brought up and then dropped or simply never explored. Friendships are made and forgotten, insights touched upon and never followed through.
Basically, this book gives us nothing new about society kids and their problems. If anything, it makes us scoff even more, especially when we learn just how much of this novel is autobiographical. Wow, Ms. Jong-Fast was in rehab, was an alcoholic, and has cleaned up her life, and is now in her early 20s. Big deal.
I can't stress enough NOT to spend your hard-earned money on this. It is poorly written to boot. Entire dialogue sections are so clumsy we can't tell who is saying what. The rudiments of writing a novel are not there. Perhaps the author will improve, but not without any more of my money.
Mightdragon
I'd like to give Normal Girl two and a half stars, but it falls closer to two than three. While Erica Jong's daughter Molly Jong-Fast tells a tale that reads along okay, her main character, who we can be safe to assume is herself, is for the most part unlikeable. She's whiny, judgemental, and selfish. It may be the point that she wants to paint her former and more F'd up self as someone no one could like, but it doesn't make her easier to bear. Elizabeth Wurtzle does the annoying voice much better by somehow making readers care while still wanting to smack her. Some of the drug scenes feel a bit disingenuous. I've been there done that, and it feels overly dramatic. At times even just plain false. She ends the book with the most cliche'd of druggy novel endings, and there is little in the way of true visceral transformation or redemption. I won't spoil the last sentence for you, but it's about as bad as it gets. To her credit, there are still some compelling scenes, and I did read it through--sometimes unable to stop. The writing is capable, but at moments shoddy. I imagine mommy scored a really good editor for this one. Find your synopsis elsewhere.
Low_Skill_But_Happy_Deagle
Miranda Woke is a jaded angry self-destructive Park Avenue princess who has no meaning in her life. So she snorts coke from dawn to dusk and runs around being frustrated, bitchy, and hopeless. I read this book when I was first in my 20s and loved it. There was something glamorous about it and shockingly enthralling. Now I'm in my 30s and I like my drugged out wasted life books a little deeper and richer. Erica Jong should be comforted. Her daughter has probably never done Class A drugs, at least with any frequent use, though it's likely she may have been friends with a few. That said, there are some truly fabulous scenes in this book. There's one in the opening chapter where one of Miranda's acquaintances shoots up in the bathroom of a synagogue. Enough said. And there is another thing this book does really well though. Jong-Fast is a master of capturing shallow meanness. I shudder to think of some of the people she must have met or must know in her life if her characters are based on any of them. All in all, Normal Girl is entertaining but I like Story of My Life by Jay McInerney better as a book with a similar theme.
Kitaxe
This book somehow made the lives of the rich and famous druggies seem more boring than fascinating. This is probably a good thing because it in no way glorifies drugs. Despite the fact that everyone in the socialite circle seems to be an addict with an endless supply of drugs and parties to go to - no one seems to actually be having any fun, rather they appear to be barely surviving at best.
The main character, Miranda, is a 19 year old socialite with a substance abuse problem that runs the gamut from alcohol to heroin. Miranda's cast of friends and family, each with their own substance abuse problems, simultaneously warn her about and support her drug habits. She rewards them by using them then vomiting on them.
Personally, I find the road to substance abuse a fascinating one and I was amazed at the sheer volume of alcohol and drugs Miranda was able to handle. Several times throughout the book she mentions sitting down at a bar and ordering 4 double martinis at once and drinking them all within an hour, then going to the bathroom and snorting two or three grams of cocaine and shooting heroin.
This book is certainly interesting, giving me insight into a world I'll never know, but the writing style gives little depth to any of the characters (including Miranda) making it difficult to understand what their life must be like, much less sympathize with them. Even the ending, which should have been filled with a sense of hope, felt disappointing and shallow.
Bottom line is this book was interesting in situation but lacking in substance.
Normal Girl: A Novel download epub
United States
Author: Molly Jong-Fast
ISBN: 0375502815
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Villard; 1st edition (June 6, 2000)
Pages: 208 pages